While up past my bedtime, I came across the following status update last night on the Facebook page of author Anne Rice. Rice, a former resident of New Orleans and the author of bestsellers such as Interview with the Vampire and Wolf Gift, voices strong disapproval of another author's attack on Harry Potter novelist J. K. Rowling.
"If JK Rowling Cares About writing, She Should Stop Doing It," says novelist Lynn Shepherd in this vicious, cynical, resentful and thoroughly ugly article. It's appalling. Never have I seen anything this malicious ever directed towards an actor, a painter, a ballet dancer, an opera singer, a film director. No, this is the kind of petty, spiteful condescending criticism that is for some reason reserved for writers in our world. And that it was written by some one who is a writer herself makes it doubly nasty and shocking. I appreciate Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen bringing this to the page. My very best wishes to JK Rowling and to all authors out there as they face the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in their creative journeys. In my life as a novelist, I've come to believe we are only in competition with ourselves when we strive to do our best; there is plenty of room for a multitude of successful endeavors in the ever changing world of books and readers, and there always will be. [Words of Anne Rice]
Here is a link to the article that Rice objected to: "If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It."
I have one question: Who in the hell is Lynn Shepherd and why has she offered herself up for Web execution? -- Publicity stunt. Publicity stunt. And an exceptionally dumb publicity stunt. Shepherd not only insults Rowling but also Rowling's fans:
"I didn't much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I've never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can't comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent. I did think it a shame that adults were reading them (rather than just reading them to their children, which is another thing altogether), mainly because there's so many other books out there that are surely more stimulating for grown-up minds." [Lynn Shepherd writing at the Huffington Post]